Casement windows – choosing the right ones

Casement windows were the go-to windows before the sash window (internal link) was introduced. They’ve been around since at least the 13th century according to historians. The key element of a casement window is the hingeing system being attached to a frame (or case) – with the windows opening mainly inwards once upon a time with external shutters opening outwards.

Casement windows feature extensively in period/character properties, homes in conservation areas, and in listed buildings. Replacing them with the right hardwood windows that match and enhance the style of the property whilst also satisfying any local authority or Historic England regulations/restrictions can be a daunting task. Here at Oaktree joinery we specialise in just that and have delivered exceptional quality results for many clients in such properties across the south west of England.

Modern, well-made hardwood replacement casement windows are non-draughty, double glazed units that will improve the thermal performance of any property, regardless of age. Read what one of our happy clients had to say “Our house is between 200 and 250 years old. It had been restored/refurbished about 15 years ago, but the existing single-glazed softwood windows and doors needed replacing. We decided to use more durable double-glazed hardwood, and wanted a window design in keeping with the look and feel of the property. We investigated a range of local suppliers and were most impressed by Oaktree Joinery; we deemed them superior for a range of reasons. Their windows incorporate all the modern features you would expect, but still have a very traditional design using, for example, side casement hinges. We also found Martin and his team to be very friendly and accommodating, and their prices to be very competitive. Stuart and his team completed the installation with a minimum of mess in half the originally predicted time. Where minor difficulties arose (it is an old house) these were taken care of easily. Post-installation a few minor adjustments had to be made; the Oaktree team completed these rapidly and efficiently. Several months on we are delighted with the new windows and doors. In conclusion, we are very pleased with the entire experience of obtaining our new windows and doors from Oaktree and are recommending them to our friends.”

The modern mechanisms with a period look (or hidden, as can be the case with some of our locking systems) will ensure that Oaktree’s casement windows will enhance any character property whilst maintaining the integrity of the period aesthetic.

Get in touch today for a quote for replacement casement windows for your listed, heritage or character property.

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